mo·​tor·​car | \ ˈmō-tər-ˌkär How to pronounce motorcar (audio) \

Definition of motorcar

2 usually motor car : a railroad car containing motors for propulsion

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Examples of motorcar in a Sentence

a convention for those who love antique motorcars
Recent Examples on the Web The precious metal contained in the four catalysts might be costly, but who's going to notice in a $65,000 motorcar? Michael Jordan, Car and Driver, "Tested: 1982 Maserati Quattroporte," 21 Apr. 2020 The grand prize wasn’t a gift basket with certificates for fine dining, a weekend getaway to Lake Geneva or even a brand new motorcar. Jennifer Johnson,, "‘Raffle House’ marks 90th anniversary of fanfare, while owner celebrates 50 years living in Art Deco design," 21 July 2019 Soon, a racing motorcar with four men inside drew Bayer’s attention. Scott Harrison, Los Angeles Times, "From the Archives: Oscar Bayer, 1925 shootout hero," 21 Aug. 2019 Creative destruction reallocates society’s resources from less productive pursuits to more productive ones—from spinning jennies to factories, for example, or from horse-and-buggies to motorcars. Alan Greenspan, WSJ, "How to Fix the Great American Growth Machine," 12 Oct. 2018 For the most part, the luxury motorcars produced by the American auto companies disappeared, and with them hundreds of thousands of jobs. WSJ, "The Commerce Department Should Consider the Past," 17 June 2018 In the auto industry, Honda, Nissan and Toyota decided to solve their problem by producing very expensive but high-quality motorcars, which hadn’t existed in their stable. WSJ, "The Commerce Department Should Consider the Past," 17 June 2018 Piccadilly Circus The real Piccadilly Circus has been part of London since 1893, with first horses and carriages, then motorcars, then those iconic black taxis and red double-decker buses circling round and round. Christine Van Blokland, USA TODAY, "Take Me Away: Harry Potter filming locations in England and Scotland," 6 June 2018 At the time of the crash, Elliott was towing a trailer that carried a vintage railroad motorcar — a vehicle about the size of a small car that can be driven on railroad tracks., "Jets tight end and former Hurricanes star Chris Herndon charged with DWI after New Jersey crash," 5 June 2018

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First Known Use of motorcar

1878, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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The first known use of motorcar was in 1878

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“Motorcar.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Nov. 2020.

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